A week ago I was in the middle of teaching at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I had the pleasure of being invited to teach an all day Triangle Transparency workshop on Wednesday, an all day Wayward Transparency workshop on Thursday, an all day workshop on Exploring Design Constraints through Mini Mini Quilts on Friday, and a half way workshop on Transparency Quilt Design on Saturday. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by when hanging out with quilters!
One of the ideas I like to try and reinforce through my workshops is that we are all creative. Getting to see when new skills or concepts click and become potential new tools for quilters to take home to use in their work excites me.
Seeing a rainbow of colors used in the same pattern in a class is also a lot of fun for everyone in the class.
At the beginning of both the Triangle Transparency and Wayward Transparency classes, I spent some time talking about fabric selection and tools that we all have at our fingertips today to help us select fabric.
The Vermont Quilt Festival is a bit spread out so I knew that many quilters might be stuck in morning traffic trying to make it to class on time, so it was a balance trying to decide when to officially start class each day. I had a few people unable to attend due to getting sick (boo!), but generally everyone was really prompt and ready to go each morning.
My Friday workshop was very small, with only 5 quilters, so everyone was able to spread out and share fabric and tools. Even those who came in with trepidation thinking that they didn’t know how to be creative without a pattern left with more ideas than they could stitch up in a day!
I have received more wonderful emails from quilters that took my workshops than ever before, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s feedback, enthusiasm for trying new skills, and the extra time they spent to write me. Teaching at the Vermont Quilt Festival in combination with releasing the Sparkler Block this week were my last few industry commitments for a while, allowing me the pleasure of getting back to traveling in Wabi-Sabi Overland with no deadlines (whether self imposed or not).
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I bet you felt lost in the vastness of your hotel room!
Sounds like you had a great time with the students.
Amazing quilts from the groups of students ! It must have been hard to transition from travel to intensive teaching for 3 days straight ! You deserve the return to the traveling time. Enjoy the recharging of your creative batteries
How fun for you to getting some solid quilty time during your fun traveling this summer. Just curious-did you make all your camping reservations before you ever left home, or are you winging it as you go. And are you finding BLM land to boondock on?
So good to hear about your classes and your travels. I enjoy seeing all the photos you post…quilty and otherwise. May your travels be fantastical.
Everyone looks happy with their blocks!
Sounds like a great class and trip. ‘Love their Wayward Transparencies. especially the green one.
Nice to see this, and to know that now you get to Wabi-Sabi your way around the continent!
Looks like everyone had a great time and how lovely to get feedback after the show! The photo of all the transparency quilts is terrific.
Am making the sunburst quilt for my grandson’s graduation. Took a class with you at Vermont Quilt Fest and loved it. Hope to see you again.